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F/Lt. R. W. Oxspring - 66 Squadron

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Robert Wardlow Oxspring was born in Sheffield on 22nd May 1919, the son of a World War 1 decorated pilot of the same name. He joined the RAF in March 1938 on a short service commission and joined 66 Sqn in the December and started operational flying in July 1940, flying throughout the Battle of Britain. His Spitfire X4170 was shot down by Bf109s over Kent on 25th October, baling out with slight injuries (Caterpillar Club Badge). He was awarded the DFC on 8th November. September 1942 saw him awarded a bar to the DFC. Moving to Mediterranean combat, it is thought probable that Oxspring was the pilot who shot down renowned German ace Anton Haffner of JG51 on 2 January 1943. Oxspring led his squadron to be the highest scoring in the North African theatre, and survived his second shooting down of the war, Oxspring was awarded a second bar to his DFC in February 1943. During the war Squadron Leader Oxspring had registered 13 solo kills with 2 shared, 2 probable kills and 4 solo V-1 Flying Bombs destroys and 1 shared. In 1946 he was awarded the Dutch Vligerkruis by Royal Decree of the 31st October 1946 appearing in the London Gazette on 10th January 1947. He was awarded an AFC in January 1949 after leading a team of 54 Sqn Vampires to Canada and the USA, the first jet aircraft to cross the Atlantic. He retired from the service with the rank of Group Captain, having been Station Commander of RAF Gatow, Germany, in 1968 and settled in Lincolnshire near to RAF Cranwell. He died on 8th August 1989.


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 Bobby Oxspring in his 66 Squadron Spitfire destroys an ME109 of JF/53 Ace of Spades Group, in a high level attack at 30,000 feet above Dover, 18th September 1940. Angels Three Zero by Robert TaylorClick For DetailsDHM2084
Group Captain Bobby Oxspring (deceased)


Latest Allied Battle of Britain Artwork Releases !
 Spitfires of No.616 Squadron, September 1940.  The aircraft nearest is K4330 QJ-G, the mount of Johnnie Johnson.

The New Knights by David Pentland. (P)
 Hurricanes of No.605 Squadron, October 1940.  Aircraft pictured are P3308 UP-A of A A McKellar and N2471 of P Parrott.

Enemy Approaching by David Pentland. (P)
 On 14th June 1940, the first German jackboots were heard on the streets of Paris. Within days France signed an armistice and Hitler could now turn his avaricious eyes north and across the grey waters of the Channel. The island of Britain stood alone and, faced with the threat of imminent invasion, few gave her much chance of survival. Before the all-conquering Panzers could invade, Germany needed to gain air superiority and Goering boasted that his Luftwaffe 'would quickly sweep the RAF from the skies'  how wrong he would be. The Battle of Britain began on 10th July 1940 and for the next eight weeks most front-line squadrons were often flying four missions a day. Totally outnumbered by the Luftwaffe the RAF was close to breaking point by early September, with some units reduced to a handful of pilots and aircraft. Then on 7th September, an over-confident Goering made a fatal error. Believing the RAF destroyed, he changed tactics and the Luftwaffe began bombing civilian targets in London. It was the respite that Fighter Command needed and the tide of battle was turned. Against overwhelming and seemingly impossible odds, a replenished RAF repelled the Luftwaffe and by the end of October it was over. Richard Taylor's stunning painting depicts Mk1 Spitfires from 92 Squadron undertaking a defensive sweep along the Kent coastline against a dramatic backdrop of the white cliffs of Dover, at the height of the battle in September 1940.

Channel Sweep by Richard Taylor.
 A lone Spitfire Mk.1a of 19 Squadron at Duxford awaits its ground crew after a hard day of combat during the intense fighting of September 1940.

Duxford 1940 by Simon Atack.

Battle of Britain History Timeline : 24th July
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24July1940At 0730 hours No.92 Squadron shot down a Ju88 as it approached Portcawl and bombed shipping
24July1940At 1727 hours, three enemy aircraft bombed ships off Dover. No.74 Squadron report that one Do215 was shot down off Manston. This was not confirmed
24July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O J. L. Allen of 54 Squadron, was Killed.
24July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O A. M. Cooper-Key of 46 Squadron, was Killed.
24July1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. R. DFC Hamar of 151 Squadron, was Killed.
24July1940During attacks on shipping, one Do215 was shot down.
24July1940Feldwebel Karl Straub of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
24July1940German aircraft from Calais approached and attacked two convoys off the North Foreland and the Downs. The enemy aircraft sunk two trawlers and damaged two more. An aerial battle ensued between fifty enemy aircraft against thirty-six RAF fighters from three squadrons. Up to 10 German aircraft shot down unconfirmed with the loss of two spitfires
24July1940Major Adolf Galland of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
24July1940Number of aircraft available for service on this day was 603 with 294 Hurricanes, 238 Spitfires, 56 Blenheims, amd 15 Defiants
24July1940Number of aircraft available for service on this day was 659, 331 Hurricanes, 237 Spitfires, 67 Blenheims, amd 20 Defiants
24July1940Spitfire N3041 Mk.Ia - Crashed into sea on convoy patrol.
24July1940Spitfire N3192 Mk.Ia - Ran out of fuel chasing an Me109 and crash landed at Sizewell. Sgt Collett injured.
24July1940Spitfire R6710 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109.
24July1940Spitfire R6812 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Bf109 over Margate. Stalled on approach to Manston and crashed near Old Charles Inn. P/O Allen killed.
24July1940Spitfire of No.66 Squadron came down in the sea 30 miles north-east of Cromerwhile on patrol, but the pilot was rescued.
24July1940Unteroffizier Edmund Rossmann of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
24July1940Unteroffizier Josef Zwernemann of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
24July1940Wing Commander Roland Beamont of No.87 Sqn RAF shot down a Ju88
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 24th July
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
24July1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O E. S. Marrs of 152 Squadron, was Killed.
24July1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. A. E. Owen of 600 Squadron, was Killed.
24July1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. J. S. Bucknole of 54 Squadron, was Killed.
24July1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. F. S. Day of 248 Squadron, was Killed.
24July1944Former New Zealand Battle of Britain pilot, F/O P. W. Rabone of 145 Squadron, was Killed.

 

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